A Problem With Deer

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issued a report that drivers frequently hit deer and, being large animals, such accidents are a big problem. Annually vehicle and deer collisions cause thousands of dollars in damages (per vehicle), results in many thousands in injuries and causes hundreds of deaths.

So many miles of road go through sites that contain or attract deer, such as fields and forested areas. Naturally, when travelling, deer make no distinction about roadways, crossing the areas as needed. Though deer entering roadways may happen at any time, dawn and dusk are the most likely periods. The result is usually either a "heart-stopping" near-miss or a vehicle and animal-rending crash…often fatal to the deer and serious to the auto and its driver.

There are a number of steps drivers can take to either avoid or minimize the harm associated with deer collisions:

The chance for a deer collision is much greater from October through December because of deer mating and hunting seasons. If you do hit a deer, try to get your vehicle off the road and do not approach or touch an injured deer. It is safer to call for emergency assistance.

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